“If music be the food of love, play on.”
We couldn’t agree more. Whether you’re a lover of blues, jazz, classical, rock and roll, folk, or even show tunes; Bath has something for everyone when it comes to music. It’s easy listening once you find it – Bath is home to some truly fantastic musicians, as well as those visiting Bath on tour, but the key is to know where to go. On that note, these are a few of our top recommendations for recurring weekly venues, as well as a special event that’s coming up soon and has caught our eye.
The Bell Inn, which is just a few minutes walk away from Dukes Hotel since we’re lucky to be a bed and breakfast with a city centre location, is the go-to pub for live music. They have a mix of folk, jazz and blues on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday nights, as well as a lovely relaxed atmosphere on every night of the week.
The Pig and Fiddle is even nearer to us, barely five minutes if that, and is a popular pub with those in the know. Especially so on Tuesdays when they hold their open-mic nights which are filled with local talent. Anyone is free to sign up to perform and the quality of the performers is top rate. They also have an impressive range of local ales and ciders on tap.
If live music in an elegant cocktail bar is more what you’re looking for rather than a pub-experience then we recommend Circo – a classy venue that makes for a perfect jazz lounge every Monday. As an added bonus the cocktails are on a 2 for £10 offer all night.
If you want to enjoy music over a delicious meal Green Park Brasserie is a good bet. It’s a top restaurant that’s housed in what was once a railway station. It has live jazz every evening from Wednesday until Sunday and is a wonderful place to relax after a long day of exploring.
In terms of the special event that’s coming up there’s a unique Moulin Rouge combination performance at the Bath Forum on the 6th of February. In the first half of the night Bath Philharmonia will be performing classical extracts from Verdi’s La Traviata, Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, and Puccini’s La Boheme; and then in the second half there will be a screening of Baz Luhrmann’s masterpiece film Moulin Rouge, which took much of it’s inspiration from those three operas whose extracts are featuring on the programme. The pairing of the two artistic forms of classical music and cinema in the impressive Bath Forum will be a rare treat indeed.
But whatever you’re in the mood for in terms of music Bath certainly isn’t lacking. As well as the many bars and pubs of Bath there’s also Bath’s Komedia and the Chapel Arts Centre to check out (and many more besides). So if music is a passion and you’re not sure where to go when you visit Bath, then do please ask our team at Dukes Hotel and we’ll be more than happy to help.
We hope to see you soon!